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On June 7, 1999, the City of Brooksville formally established a CRA Area in its downtown. The CRA Area is approximately 110 acres in size. Ordinance 590 created the funding mechanism for the CRA Area using 1998 tax levels for the first CRA Area. The CRA Area was expanded in 2024 and a second Trust Fund was established for the expansion area.
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A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public entity that finances redevelopment within focused, geographic areas created under Florida Statutes, Chapter 163.340 (8)(A). Brooksville was able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions existed. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. To be eligible to create a CRA, conditions that can support the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area include but are not limited to the presence of substandard or inadequate structures, a shortage of affordable housing, inadequate infrastructure, insufficient roadways, and inadequate parking. To document that the required conditions exist, Brooksville conducted a survey of the proposed redevelopment area and prepared a Finding of Necessity. The Finding of Necessity determined that the required conditions existed, and Brooksville could create a Community Redevelopment Agency to provide the tools needed to support redevelopment of the targeted area.
The purpose of the CRA is to revitalize the physical environment and the economy of the Community Redevelopment Area. The CRA's activities are designed to solve the underlying problems of slum and blighted conditions through planning, redevelopment, historic preservation and affordable housing so that the tax base can be protected and enhanced by these mutually supportive activities. The work program for the CRA is defined in the Community Redevelopment Plan for the Community Redevelopment Area. In the redevelopment plans, comprehensive strategies were formulated to promote community development in the Community Redevelopment Areas and the annual budget is adopted to support these activities.
CRA projects are funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from each redevelopment area. When a redevelopment area is established, the current assessed value of the property within the project area is designated as the base year value. TIF is a mechanism which captures a percentage of any new tax revenue generated within a redevelopment area. For example, if a CRA area is established in 2001, the Agency receives a percentage of any tax revenue greater than the amount of revenue captured in that base year. This percentage can range between 50% and 95%. Currently, the CRA areas receive 95% of this increase as TIF funds to be used in the community redevelopment areas. TIF funds collected from a particular CRA area are invested back into that area only. Generating TIF is not an additional tax levy or a supplementary assessment on property owners. It is not an additional tax. TIF is an economic development tool used to leverage funds to promote private sector investment within the primary urban service boundary, and to generate revenues to finance projects.
This map depicts specific areas within the CRA areas. The purple area is the original CRA Area and the lighter pink areas are the 2024 expansion areas.
The Community Redevelopment Agency is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plan which addresses the unique needs of the area. The plan includes the overall goals for redevelopment in the area, as well as identifying the types of projects planned for the area. Examples of traditional projects include façade grants, building renovations and site improvements, directional signage, streetscapes, sidewalks, street tree plantings, community facilities and public parking lots. Any projects funded with Redevelopment Trust Fund revenue must be identified in the redevelopment plan. The redevelopment plan should be updated every five years to meet a community’s changing needs.
An Executive Review Committee reviews the applications and approves the grant requests. The Committee consists of: Finance Director or designee,
Public Works Director or designee
Main Street Director or designee
Director of Community Development or designee
The City Council serves as the CRA Board. Elections of a Chair and Vice chair are held each December following the City Council selection of the Mayor and Vice Mayor for the following year. The following council members comprise the 2024 CRA Board.
Casey Thieryung Thomas Bronson Blake Bell Christa Tanner David Bailey
Chair Vice Chair Member Member Member
The CRA meets quarterly or as required to address business. The meetings are held in the City Council Chambers 201 Howell Avenue at 6:00 PM before regular City Council meetings with some exceptions when the CRA meets during a council meeting. For up-to-date meeting information, please view the Calendars on the City of Brooksville home page. The 2024 meeting dates are: